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© December 2003 (various)

This article is from a FAQ concerning SCO operating systems. While some of the information may be applicable to any OS, or any Unix or Linux OS, it may be specific to SCO Xenix, Open There is lots of Linux, Mac OS X and general Unix info elsewhere on this site: Search this site is the best way to find anything.

How do I reset the (Old Sco Unix) root password if I forget it? (part 3)

(For Linux, see Lost Linux Root Password)

This procedure will work for any variant of SCO Xenix or Unix. As above, boot from your emergency boot diskettes and


mount /dev/hd0root /mnt
 

to gain access to your hard drive's root filesystem. Now, run

/mnt/bin/chroot /mnt "/mnt/bin/passwd root"
 

(check the chroot man page for more info on how it works). As before, shut down and reboot. It has been reported that on 3.2v4.2 (and possibly others), this must be done in two steps:

/mnt/bin/chroot /mnt "/bin/su root"
passwd
 

If it doesn't work with the quotes, try it without.


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